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The Versatility of the Banjo: How to Play Different Styles with Hank Smith

Wednesday, March 10, 2021 @ 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm
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Suggested skill level: Intermediate & advanced players

The five string banjo is a defining instrument in bluegrass and old time music. The sound of the banjo has shaped American music since its inception and is incredibly versatile. In the modern era, however, banjo music is often pigeonholed into one or both of these genres. In this workshop, we’ll learn how to play different styles of music, giving you the opportunity to explore a wider range of sounds on the banjo. We’ll learn ways to approach jazz, classical, pop and other styles to further enrich your playing. Attendees of this workshop should already have knowledge and experience beyond the beginner level. As such, it is geared towards the intermediate and advanced player.

Hank Smith grew up in rural Florence, South Carolina, where he adopted the banjo as his instrument and his passion as a teenager. He honed his skills at the Saturday jam sessions of the nearby Southeastern Bluegrass Association. As a student at Winthrop University in Rock Hill, South Carolina, Smith expanded his musical influences to include all manner of rock, jazz, reggae, folk, blues, and classical, while earning a B.A. in Philosophy and Religious Studies, followed by an M.A. in Middle Eastern History.

A professional musician based in Raleigh, Smith plays with the progressive bluegrass band Hank, Pattie & the Current, whose fourth album, RISE ABOVE, appears on Robust Records (2019). Previous bands include Hank Smith & Lindsey Tims, The Morning After, The Kickin’ Grass Band, and Barefoot Manner. He is a graduate of the IBMA Leadership Bluegrass program, a member of the Local Organizing Committee for IBMA’s World of Bluegrass, and co-founded the non-profit American Music Foundation of North Carolina, Inc.

Smith has extensive experience teaching banjo, mandolin, and guitar. He is also a composer, currently working on 24 Preludes For String Quartet and Banjo.

NOTE: This workshop will be recorded and distributed to registered attendees for use as a learning tool. A highlights video will be produced and shared to promote future workshops and events.

PineCone is committed to making our programs accessible and welcoming to all. To request accommodations for this or any upcoming PineCone events, please e-mail Jamie or call 919-656-7902.  

You will receive a registration confirmation email with details for joining the workshop. Please be sure that your email address is entered correctly and check your spam or promotions folder if you do not receive the confirmation email. If you are still unable to locate the email confirmation and have not received the reminder email by 5pm the day of the workshop, please call or text Courtney at 919-516-9049.


Wednesday, March 10, 2021
8:00 pm - 9:30 pm
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